Best Children’s History & Historical Fiction in 2022

Children's History and Historical Fiction

Historically-themed children's novels are a wonderful teaching tool. While historical novels have changed significantly from their past incarnations, the authors of modern historical fiction are still interested in the same themes as their realistic-fiction counterparts: the resolving of conflicts, enriching life, and exploring new worlds. Read on to discover the best historical fiction for children. You'll be glad you did. Here are some authors to check out:

Hester Burton

Hester Burton's Children's History and Historical Fiction has many appealing features. Unlike many other children's historical fiction series, her stories are written from the young perspective of characters with realistic problems and hopes. Throughout her novels, readers will be able to relate to her young protagonists as they deal with difficult situations and societal pressures. The series is especially appealing to young readers, who may find it difficult to relate to the characters of their own age group.

Young children and young adults can connect to historical fiction through its ability to blend historical facts and fictional characters into a compelling narrative voice. This is especially important for historical fiction written for young readers, as they will often relate more to a story's characters and its events than to a factual account. And they are more likely to identify with historical characters when they are in an exciting new setting.

Readers will also enjoy Burton's historical fiction for children, which often contains themes reminiscent of our own times. Although the themes are often not as prominent as those in Time of Trial, they're always important issues. In "To Ravensrigg," for example, a young girl's first experience with slavery comes when she helps a runaway West Indian boy. "No Beat of Drum" is a story about the technological advancements of the nineteenth century, while Thomas has a moral sense rooted in religious persecution.

In addition to the books listed above, Burton also wrote several non-fiction books. Rebecca's War is a fascinating novel set during the American Revolution. Set in the period of the Revolution, Rebecca is a superchild who copes with British officers billeted in her house, smuggled brandy to feed American prisoners, and keeps a hidden gold cache. Ultimately, Rebecca wins the war.

Rosemary Sutcliff

A celebrated children's novelist, Rosemary Sutcliff was born on December 20, 1920 in West Clanden, Surrey. Her works have garnered critical praise and are considered some of the best in the genre. Sutcliff's first novel, Tristan and Iseult, was published in 1950. Tristan and Iseult won the Carnegie Medal in 1972 and was highly commended for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1974. Another classic novel, Song for a Dark Queen, won a prize for non-fiction in 1978. Sutcliff lived in Sussex and was awarded an OBE in 1975 for her services to children's literature.

Her novels are based on historical events such as the disappearance of the legio IX Hispana (the Ninth Legion). This army is thought to have been destroyed around the year 117. Although the actual cause of their disappearance has never been proven, Sutcliff's depiction of their loss feels believable, particularly the discovery of a Roman eagle in Silchester.

While Cynthia Harnett was another prolific and talented children's writer, she wrote much slower and more meticulously. Her books covered various eras and places, and she paced out the distance between buildings herself. She also referenced mediaeval street plans in her writing. Besides the books, Cynthia Harnett also illustrated many of them. So, if you're a fan of historical fiction, I suggest picking up a book from her list.

Her books have received a number of awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the prestigious Phoenix Award. Her first book, The Chronicles of Robin Hood, received little attention, and Sutcliff had yet to find her own unique voice. But that didn't stop her from publishing more books, including The Eagle of the Ninth in 1954. It was the first in a series on Roman Britain. Her books usually deal with themes of friendship and conflict between family and country.

Jill Paton Walsh

With A Chance Child, Jill Paton Walsh explores the lives of unrecognized women and their experiences as slaves. The protagonist, an illegitimate girl, is kept alive by her half-brother and sister, who feed her scraps of food. She suffers physical and emotional abuse and is unable to tell her half-brother and sister her name. Yet, she manages to escape.

While there are many outstanding juvenile novels, Paton Walsh has also been praised for incorporating moral complexity into her fiction. While many people wonder if her novels are too dark for young readers, others have praised the detailed descriptions and richness of her historical research. For example, in her novel, The Emperor's Winding Sheet, Paton Walsh visited Greece for research. She also visited coal mines to accurately portray conditions of child labor in Victorian England.

Born in London, Paton Walsh studied at the University of Oxford. Her first novel, When I Was Little Like You, was inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien, who she considered to be one of the most influential authors of children's literature. After her first novel, Paton Walsh went on to write several novels and mystery series, creating iconic detectives. In addition to writing for children, Paton Walsh co-manages a small publishing company in Cambridge.

Paton Walsh uses turbulent historical settings in her juvenile novels, presenting authentic period details to create a realistic sense of place. In her first novel, based on an Old English myth, the protagonist, Hengest, matures from childhood into a king. In her second novel, a young boy joins forces with a soldier to escape Dunkirk. Both of these books are well worth the time spent reading them.

Alan Garner

Garner's books are some of the most talked about in children's literature today, but they are rarely read. The books aren't even in print in the United States! In spite of their esoteric titles, many adults are able to discuss them. The author himself has also written dozens of articles about his books. But his most recent work is The Owl Service, and it is as engrossing as ever.

Garner writes with a keen attention to detail, and he strives to reproduce the cadence of the Cheshire language in modern English. This focus on details and authenticity is evident in his Stone Book series, a quartet of interrelated stories that spans from the mid-19th century to the World War II era. While the setting may be fantastic, he manages to maintain a sense of authenticity through his use of troubled protagonists.

In addition to his acclaimed books, Garner also wrote short stories. The first of his short novellas, The Stone Book Quartet, detailed a day in the life of four generations of the Garner family. He also published a collection of English folk tales in the 1980s, including Fairy Tales of Gold and The Book of British Fairy Tales. The last of these, Thursbitch, was published in 2003.

The author's early books are not as well known as his later works, but they show a strong connection between art and life. The characters are unable to channel or stop power; their only hope is to understand the way it operates. This is one of the reasons why he won the Phoenix Award. His early books have a profound influence on the work of other writers. The Phoenix award is one of the highest honors Garner has received.

Rebecca's War

For all its flaws, Rebecca's War is a charming children's history and historical fiction. Its story is rich in historical detail and reflects a strong sense of British heritage, but its characters are not just made for reading: they are also likable and compelling. Whether your child is just starting to read historical fiction or you're already hooked on the genre, Rebecca's War is a must-read for readers of all ages.

This historical fiction novel is a retelling of Robin Hood's exploits in England. The story is rich in plot, but the historical background is thoroughly researched. The historical setting was integral to the characters, and Trease sought to be as accurate as possible. She clearly loved history, and she did his best to research her characters. In the process, she set new standards for children's historical fiction.

Although children's historical fiction has been in decline for a few decades, the field has seen a revival of books. The target audience of these novels has shifted, and new authors are now being published in abundance. The genre has changed, with the 1990s trend being short historical fiction books closely linked to National Curriculum school subjects. These books are aimed at children in Key Stage two. They also feature the recurring characters of Shakespeare, such as the King James Bible and the Prince of Wales.



Katie Edmunds

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